President Mohammad Khatami said in Tehran on Friday that Iran calls for guaranteeing her security while respecting others' security, IRNA reported.
President Khatami told a group of Information Ministry officials that Iran calls for a democratic government tailor-made to its religious and national values.
He said that while trying to build up its power on different scenes, Iran asks the world to officially recognize its standpoint.
He added that dialogue among civilizations had been aimed to settle acute clashes among civilizations in terms of their fundamentals and it does not at all mean political talks.
The president pointed to the incidents that followed the September 11 terror attacks, saying that campaign against terrorism and restoration of freedom and democracy have turned into the most important pretexts for the US to justify its hegemony.
He stressed that the Iranian people advocate independence, progress and freedom in line with their cultural norms.
"If efforts by the great Iranian nation in establishing religious democracy proceed, the move can serve as a lesson for other Muslim nations, who are fed up with the isms and violence in the world of Islam," said President Khatami.
He said the West is concerned with extremism in the world of Islam, adding that the Islamic Republic, too, opposes those who chant the slogan that "anybody who is not with us is against us" or to those who chant "anybody who is not with us is an atheist."
The President said Iran is not an extremist and that what is mirrored by the path of the late Imam Khomeini, people and Constitution, is conformity with freedom and democracy in accordance with local beliefs.
He asked the Information Ministry officials to identify the plans that try to distort he pure image of the late Imam Khomeini or tarnish achievements of the Iranian nation.
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